Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 14, 2014

Healer of My Heart

deb valentine pic“But Joseph said to them. Don’t be afraid.  Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:19 (NIV)

 Ever find ourselves moving in a direction that wasn’t intended – a space, a posture that wasn’t ours to take or own?  It’s a wide open road, the path most taken where unforgiveness digs deep.  Husband leaves, prodigals run, disease ravages or perhaps the crib is empty and the grave is fresh.  Friends betray, abusers steal, family divides, boss overlooks or maybe ministry hurts.  Got the picture?  Wounds run deep when pain steals joy.  The one thing we need that could soothe and move us towards healing – forgiveness – slips elusively away.  Peering up the murky, wet sides of a well Joseph felt the ache of betrayal.  Surveying the dark dungeon, Joseph knew the pain of mistaken justice.  Two years unnoticed, Joseph experienced the jolt of being totally forgotten. Yet, his heart healed.

 Wounds stay fresh when we don’t move forward. When we chose not to move forward because  sympathy feels good.  When we fail to move forward because we’re waiting for “I’m sorry, please forgive me.”  Scripture doesn’t reveal that Joseph ever heard those words from his brothers, the cup bearer or Pharaoh.  Yet despite the closed forgiveness chapter, Joseph flipped the pages forward and left what he needed in the hands of God.  Have a wound that runs deep?  Need forgiveness to soothe that ache?  Revenge sound sweet?  Bitterness tastes justified?  Arms wide open spread on a cross welcomes the wounded heart to receive love.  Our Jesus Healer promises to turn intended harm into purposeful good. Whose life can we save through the redemption of our broken hearts?

“Sweet Jesus mend our broken places and enable us to radiate Your beauty even in our woundedness.”

  For His Glory

 Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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